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post #1751 of 2156 Old 10-06-2013, 08:43 PM
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I just don't understand hunters in states back east. How could they possible shoot at a horse and rider. What kind of strange deer do you folks raise back there that could possible resemble a horse & rider?

I mean this weeks hunt is for Spike Bull Elk. So a hunter has to identify that the animal is a Elk, and that it is a bull elk and that it only has spike horns. He has to look at and make sure what he is shooting at.
Well, the trails wind around alot, lots of big rocks, and it was overcast. I think what was happening is they were blowing the deer whistles, then hearing hooves in the distance, then my dark brown horse comes first around the corner...well, they see & hear movement, and shoot. The worst ones were shooting out of their jeep, parked on the road. I was sure they would hit us, cause they seemed to be shooting randomly, and out of the side of a jeep! Didn't even get out of the vehicle! Jeez.

The other ones were on the crest of a hill & We flushed a group of three (small) deer riding by. So the deer were right between the hunters & us. Those folks were beter, considering the situation. They only shot once, then my hollering scared the deer in the other direction and the hunters quit shooting. Good of them not to get angry with us and shoot anyway, right?

All hunters are not bad, however, every year, a poster of a deer is set-up at the side of a road, and every year that fake deer gets shot by people driving past. By the end of the season, it is full of holes.

I am not sure many of them make sure they know what they are shooting at first.
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post #1752 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 07:48 AM
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Public land in the east, while the season is short, draws those who have no other place to hunt. Actually, it's over regulated IMO.

I rode during hunting season in the Cohutta's last year during deer, hog, and bear season, which were open that weekend. I had no problems, except the horse camps were full of hunters who had no horses.

However, after I figured out hunting season was open, I stayed on the forest roads and didn't ride the narrow trails.

Hunting is a good thing....keeps the bears and hogs honest and instills a fear of man in them.
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post #1753 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 08:52 AM
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I stay on the dirt roads during hunting season unless I am on private property behind a closed gate. I wear orange. I haven't been shot yet anyway. I usually stay home on opening day of rifle season because there are more people, cars, and guns in the woods than there are deer on that day.
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post #1754 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 09:18 AM
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My problem during hunting season is all the ATVs. They run up and down all the dirt roads looking for that dumb deer they think will just step out of the trees. But the worst ones are the guys who feel the government has no right to restrict them to the roads. They take their atvs and drive them in areas that are closed. So I often see trails chewed up from ATVs in the wet soil.

If I go to the trouble to pack a horse and haul my camp 7 miles into the back country. It kinds miffs me to see ATV riders come buzzing thru. When you confront them, It's always, "Well I didn't know ATVs weren't allowed"

I like ATVs and enjoy riding them, But if the rules say no ATV's, Everybody should live by the same rules. It's not fair for me to own horses and pay for their upkeep all year and spend two hours packing in so that a law breaker can zip into a remote area in 15 minutes.
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post #1755 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 09:51 AM
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I just don't understand hunters in states back east. How could they possible shoot at a horse and rider. What kind of strange deer do you folks raise back there that could possible resemble a horse & rider?

I mean this weeks hunt is for Spike Bull Elk. So a hunter has to identify that the animal is a Elk, and that it is a bull elk and that it only has spike horns. He has to look at and make sure what he is shooting at.
I almost got shot last year as well. I was riding a little chestnut pony for a woman through the woods on her private land. We had bells on the saddle and I dressed in hunter orange clothing but I guess it wasn't enough lol. Picture is below to prove it...I look ridiculous I know
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The hunter was a young adult or teen who had raised his rifle to look at us through his scope. He had his gun pointed at us for quite some time even while I was yelling "Hey put your gun down!" The scariest part was we were only about 100-150 feet away so how he could have mistaken us for anything but a big orange blob I don't know. People get stupid during hunting season, they have too much adrenaline, I know because I hunt as well. I was always taught to never aim at anything you don't intend to kill, if your not sure don't chance it. Guns go off on accident all the time so the last thing I need is a "hopped up" kid pointing a rifle at me with his finger on the trigger. Stay safe everyone!
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post #1756 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 02:19 PM
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Hunting is a good thing....keeps the bears and hogs honest and instills a fear of man in them.
Yeah, it's just that sometimes I wish there was an open season on idiots
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post #1757 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 02:40 PM
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And you were on private land EL6!!! Maybe he thought he was seeing an orange Bigfoot? You are bundled up, looks really cold.

I think Celeste and Gunslinger have the right idea...stay to the roads. Plus wear lots of orange, bells, and make lots of noise.

I kind of wish I had picked orange for my color instead of red...maybe I can get Chivas some bright orange fleece covers for his red beta tack. I hate not riding in the woods in fall, the best season of the year.
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post #1758 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 04:34 PM
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And you were on private land EL6!!! Maybe he thought he was seeing an orange Bigfoot? You are bundled up, looks really cold.

I think Celeste and Gunslinger have the right idea...stay to the roads. Plus wear lots of orange, bells, and make lots of noise.

I kind of wish I had picked orange for my color instead of red...maybe I can get Chivas some bright orange fleece covers for his red beta tack. I hate not riding in the woods in fall, the best season of the year.
Actually, if it's a WMA, and a large part of the national forest is a WMA, then there are set days and special regulations that apply. For example, bear hunting, where I like to ride, is only open 16 days a year and only a few weekends.

Because I'm so close to the state line, I ride in GA on the weekends TN is open, and then ride in TN the weekend GA is open. They seldom are open together so for the most part it isn't really a problem.

Download a copy of the hunting regulations and just plan around the season. That's what I do.

Also, go armed if you're permitted. Open carry. That will keep a lot of scopes off of you. An armed society is a polite society to quote the late Jeff Cooper.

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post #1759 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 06:18 PM
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The problem is with the Gov't closed down, there is no-one patrolling those areas...I am a bit worried it will be open season on anything right now.

I am searching out some other places to ride, a few private lands in the area that can be riden on for a fee.
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post #1760 of 2156 Old 10-07-2013, 06:35 PM
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The shutdown is federal. Game regulations are generally enforced by state and local law enforcement. I don't think there will be any difference in what there usually is.

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